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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items:  

• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
    •    Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
    •    Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
    •    Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:

    •    Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
    •    Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
    •    Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Survey: Patriots, Packers, Eagles Most Expensive NFL Games To Attend

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 24, 2018:
The New England Patriots are the second most valuable franchise in the NFL, valued $3.8 billion, behind the Dallas Cowboys at $5 billion, according to Forbes.

But the Patriots top another list: Fans of the team pay the most among NFL supporters to attend a home game.

To attend a Patriots game in Gillette Stadium, people spend an average of $804 for two tickets, the most among the league’s 32 teams.

For those people needing accommodations, that adds another $567 for two nights in a Boston hotel for an average total of $1,371, according to a new survey from CheapHotels.org.

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have the second highest average for tickets at $612 for a pair in Lincoln Financial Field, with a two-night stay in the city averaging $389 for an average total of $1,001.

However, the Green Bay Packers are the second most-expensive team for fans, with an average cost of $510 for two tickets in Lambeau Field.

What puts the Packers so high on the list is that it costs an average of $827 for two nights in a Green Bay hotel, bringing the average total to $1,337.

In what might come as a surprise to people isn New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, accommodation costs in Green Bay, population just over 105,000, are the “priciest in the league,” according to CheapHotels.org.

Despite both teams playing in MetLife Stadium, there was nearly a $200 difference in the total average price for tickets and accommodations for the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

A pair of Giants tickets average $365 while two for the Jets average $176, according to CheapHotels.org.

The survey took into account the first five home games of each team, which were “analyzed for the average rate two people must spend for the two cheapest available tickets (for side-by-side seats, excluding upper-level seats) and two nights in the cheapest available double room at a 3-star or higher hotel located in the nearest city center,” per CheapHotels.org.

Food, drinks and other costs were not included in the survey.

The firm specified that the established rates are averages, as ticket and hotel rates fluctuate depending on the opposing team and the game date.

“For example, the Tennessee Titans’ home game against the Philadelphia Eagles costs two people roughly $1,500, while other Titans’ games would cost less than $600 for the same seats and accommodations,” per CheapHotels.org.

The Top Five most expensive NFL tickets also include the Seattle Seahawks ($594 average for two, $976 adding in a two-night stay) and Carolina Panthers ($548, $895 adding in a two-night stay).

At the other end of the list, the teams with the lowest average cost for two tickets and two-night accommodations were the Baltimore Ravens ($529), Los Angeles Rams ($522), Indianapolis Colts ($516), the Jets and the Buffalo Bills ($486).

CheapHotels.org is a provider of hotel rooms worldwide, offering over 135,000 properties in more than 60 countries. While focusing mainly on budget hotels, the site also provides deals on 3- and 4-star hotels.

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